IS ONLINE POKER’S POPULARITY DRIVING ILLEGAL POKER CLUBS?
The demand for offline poker appears to show no stopping as the UK Gambling Commission has been moved to target illegal poker clubs across the country in a campaign on tackling unlawful gambling. In the latest round, a number of member’s clubs have been forced to stop providing poker as a result of investigations by local authorities with support from the Gambling Commission.
A recent study found that online poker actually drives interest in offline poker, contradicting the land-based casino industry’s previous opposition to online gaming, and a continuous level in demand by people in the UK to play poker face to face would suggest a similar trend given the lack of a poker playing tradition in the country.
In areas across the country licensing authorities are starting to refuse gaming permits due to concerns that applicants were suspected of intending to run illegal poker clubs.
The message is simple – if you offer poker in a club which falls outside the rules for exempt gaming, or offer commercial poker you are breaking the law
Under the Gambling Act 2005, commercial high-stakes poker is restricted to licensed casinos. Whilst poker can be played in member’s clubs, there are various restrictions depending on whether there is a club gaming permit in place, as well as conditions on participation fees and stake and prize limits. Also, the main purpose of the club cannot be gambling.
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For further information about the Gambling Act 2005.
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